If you have heard of an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism), then you may have also heard of levothyroxine, it is the standard treatment prescribed for underactive thyroids. Levothyroxine is available by prescription only. A thyroid doctor, also called an endocrinologist, can not only diagnose you with hypothyroidism online, but can prescribe you levothyroxine online.
Read on to learn more about levothyroxine and how to get a prescription online today.
What is Levothyroxine?
Levothyroxine (levothyroxine sodium) is a synthetic hormone medication that treats symptoms of underactive thyroids. When the thyroid does not produce enough hormones, levothyroxine is taken to rebalance thyroid hormone levels in the body. Levothyroxine can be taken orally or injected.
Brand names of Levothyroxine:
- Synthroid (read our review of Synthroid)
- L Thyroxine
- Levo T
- Levothyroxine T4
Other Conditions Levothyroxine Treats
Levothyroxine is primarily used for underactive thyroids, but it is sometimes prescribed for goiters and thyroid cancer. It is not safe to take levothyroxine for the sake of losing weight. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of levothyroxine without consulting a doctor.
Benefits of Levothyroxine
Levothyroxine is an inexpensive and effective medication for treating underactive thyroids. Side effects of taking levothyroxine are rare if appropriate dosages are taken.
How to Get Levothyroxine Online
If you have been diagnosed with an underactive thyroid you can get levothyroxine online by setting up an appointment with an endocrinologist.
If you haven't been diagnosed yet, you can get diagnosed online with PlushCare. Read more about thyroid testing here. After diagnosis a PlushCare doctor can prescribe you medication and have it electronically sent to your local pharmacy. You can skip the doctor's office and get your medication quickly and conveniently
Determining the correct dosage of levothyroxine takes repeated visits with a doctor. In the initial phase you will need to do a blood test every 6 to 8 weeks to check the levels of thyroid hormones in your blood. Ideal dosages may change over time, so you will still need to visit a doctor every 6 to 12 months for semi-regular checkups. Dosages might start extra-small for people with heart conditions.
A PlushCare doctor can order the necessary blood tests and refer you to the lab closest to you so you can determine the proper dosage of levothyroxine for you.
Absorption of Levothyroxine
Some foods and supplements can affect the absorption of levothyroxine including soy, coffee, iron, calcium, and aluminum hydroxide. To avoid absorption problems, avoid these products or take them at least 4 hours apart from taking levothyroxine.
Side Effects of Levothyroxine
With the correct dosage, side effects of taking levothyroxine are rare. However, side effects can occur, especially during the initial phases when the proper dosages are still being determined.
Common side effects of levothyroxine:
- Changes to your menstrual cycle
- Chest pain
- Excessive sweating
- Increased appetite
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Sensitivity to heat
- Stomach cramps
- Temporary hair loss
- Weight loss
Long term use of levothyroxine can lead to osteoporosis, particularly in women.
If you do not have an underactive thyroid, do not take levothyroxine. For people with hypothyroidism and other certain medical conditions, levothyroxine might not be safe.
Inform a doctor if you have had any these medical conditions:
- Problems with the endocrine system (adrenal gland disorders, thyrotoxicosis, thyroid nodules, or pituitary gland disorders)
- Cardiovascular issues (heart attack, high blood pressure, heart disease, irregular heartbeat, blood clotting disorders, or anemia)
- Kidney disease
- Drug or food allergies
Alternatives to Levothyroxine
Before levothyroxine was developed, the only option for treating underactive thyroids was a natural extract from the thyroids of pigs. While this is still an option, it is difficult to know exact amounts of hormone levels due to variance from pig to pig and gland to gland. Doctors prefer levothyroxine because it is a more reliable way to stabilize thyroid hormone levels.
Natural extracts are still available, but by prescription only.
If you are interested in getting levothyroxine online book an appointment with an endocrinologist online and see if you qualify for a prescription.